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Get into the Spirit and Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Campaign

Make a donation to the children’s nonprofit for a chance to win a limited-edition Halloween countdown calendar featuring your favorite Ferrero Halloween treats

The Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween campaign is back and this year it’s also giving back to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Ferrero, the company known for Nutella® and Tic Tac®, created the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendar to help get families excited leading up to Halloween while raising money for children’s hospitals.

Consumers who make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals now through September 10, 2021 at FerreroHalloween.com will get a chance to win a limited-edition Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendar. Five hundred Halloween boxes, each with 31 compartments featuring Ferrero Halloween favorites, including Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Baby Ruth®, 100Grand®, Kinder Bueno®, Kinder Joy®, Tic Tac® and Nutella® &GO!, will be given away. Ferrero is kicking off the campaign with a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit.

“Halloween is a special time for kids and we know not all celebrations look the same. So, we are especially excited to partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help us create surprises and spark joy for as many kids as possible this Halloween,” said Mark Wakefield, Senior Vice President Marketing, Nutella and Chocolate Snacks, Ferrero North America.

The Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Countdown Calendars will also help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise money through the charity’s Extra Life platform on Tabletop Appreciation Weekend, August 21-22 and on Child Health Day on October 4.

“We know when we fund children’s hospitals, we can change kids’ health and change the future,” said Teri Nestel, President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Ferrero has been a great partner finding creative ways to engage our supporters and raise critical funds that help provide programs and services for local member hospitals.”

This program builds upon the $350,000 recently raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the CRUNCH, Butterfinger and Baby Ruth “Raising the ‘Bar’ to Help Kids” campaign and the Final Fantasy streaming event for gamers that Butterfinger hosted with Extra Life.  

Additionally, the Ferrero 31 Days of Halloween Pinterest Board will be returning this year to inspire consumers to celebrate Halloween every day of the month. The board will include 31 fun and spooky ideas to generate excitement, including Halloween recipes, DIY demonstrations and family activities, along with links on where to buy Halloween essentials.

Recent research from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) found that 82% of people plan to celebrate Halloween this year, including 93% of Millennial parents. Families can find fun, creative, and safe ideas for how to enjoy the 2021 Halloween season at AlwaysATreat.com/Halloween.


About Ferrero
For over 70 years, Ferrero has created products loved by generations. We’ve grown from a bakery in Alba, Italy into the third largest confectionery company in the world. Ferrero entered the North American market in 1969 and continues to spread joy with Ferrero Rocher®, Nutella®, Kinder®, Tic Tac® and Fannie May® chocolates. Ferrero Group expanded its portfolio in 2018 with the addition of Butterfinger®, CRUNCH®, Baby Ruth®, 100Grand® and other legendary chocolate brands.

We’re proud to be a family-owned company with 3,000 employees in eight offices and ten plants and warehouses in North America, including a cocoa processing plant in Brantford, Ontario and a planned chocolate processing factory in Bloomington, Illinois. Instilled in every aspect of our business is the entrepreneurial spirit of our founders, and their passion for quality, creativity, and innovation.  Follow @FerreroNACorp on Twitter and @FerreroNACorp on Instagram. www.ferreronorthamerica.com


About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals that support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical life-saving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment, child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays and financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services. When we improve the health of all children and allow them the opportunity to reach their full potential, we also improve our communities for years to come. Together, we can change kids’ health. Together, we can change the future. Visit cmnhospitals.org

Bonfire Celebrations and Halloween

person-woman-night-fire-largeI have always found it interesting to reach deep inside a custom and pull it up and out by the roots.  When we do this we have the ability to peer back to into a different age and catch a tiny glimpse of our ancestry. And if we are really fortunate we will learn something new and perhaps even be surprised by what we find. 

There are customs we practice today for fun, frolic and perhaps a bit of mayhem that were very serious business to our ancestors.   They did not have the luxury of the scientific explanations we have today.   Ghosts, spirits, good and bad, vampires, witches and other ghoulish creatures were a very real belief in many cultures.  The long dark cold days of winter struck fear into the hearts of many and people took whatever precautions they could to protect themselves, their homes and their loved ones.

fireThe Celts celebrated Samhain, which we now call Halloween.  I touched on this in an earlier article, “The origins of Trick or Treating.” 

A short recap, Samhain celebrated the end of long, warm summer days and signaled the coming of the dark, cold winter days ahead.  It also marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new.  This night, they believed, the veil between the worlds was the thinnest and good and evil spirits would crossover to the mortal world.  People would welcome the good spirits, who were their family members that had passed on and would ask for guidance and protection and divination.   Keep in mind, to them it was not a tale or a spooky story.  This was a firm system of daily belief.

On this night they would celebrate with a huge bonfire and the lighting of this flame was  sacred.  Young people would travel inside the community from home to home to gather food and kindling for the festival.  The fires in individual hearths were extinguished and everyone gathered together to celebrate.  Since the belief of spirits crossing over to the world of humans was so prevalent they were fearful of evil spirits that might cause them harm or trouble.  Some people went so far as to cover themselves in animal skins or disguises to confuse the spirits that might otherwise bedevil them.

People young and old brought a symbolic or personal item to be burned in the fire with the belief the sacred flame would offer protection, give guidance and bring good luck.   Crops and the bones of the animals that had been culled were burned in the blaze as well, giving it the original name of bonefire,  meaning fire of bones, which brings us to today and the term bonfire.

fireAt the end of the celebration it was considered good luck for the coming year and protection of the family, to take home a burning ember from the sacred fire to relight the hearth  in their own homes.  They hollowed out gourds or turnips in which they carried this burning ember as a guiding light in the dark night. ~ Sound familiar?

On the following day, the ashes from the sacred fire were spread over the fields for luck and to protect against any misfortune that would cause the next season’s crops to fail.

I appreciate you taking the time to read the snippets of history about Halloween.  We practice many customs throughout the year without knowing why or where they originated.   This is an ongoing series to bring you a bit of history on each holiday in hopes of entertaining as well as inspiring you to look deeper into your own roots and family customs.  If you have ideas or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. karie@basilandsalt.com

 


Adam Seger’s Spooky Cocktails from the Tuck Room, NYC

“Hold the dark holiday in your palms, Bite it, swallow it and survive, Come out the far black tunnel of el Día de Muerte And be glad, ah so glad you are… alive! Calavera…Calavera…”  -Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

tuck roomIf you’re looking for the complete Halloween experience with costume contests, spooky cocktails, food and music, then celebrate at the Tuck Room NYC’s Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 31 beginning at 6:30 PM. (details below)

Mixologist Adam Seger will be crafting specialty Halloween cocktails all night including the Zombie, Dead Man Walking, Corpse Reviver #13 and more. While Chef Sherry Yard created a spooky, Halloween themed food menu.

Don your spookiest costume and look your best, because the Tuck Room NYC will also be hosting a costume contest and the 1st prize winner will receive a full iPic Theaters and Tuck Room experience with 4 tickets to a movie and dinner for 4 at The Tuck Room. There will be prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place winners as well.

Throwing your own Halloween bash this year? Mixologist Adam Seger has shared two spine-tingline cocktails to creep out your guests. Photos/Travis W Keyes

 

Dia de la Muerte

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Tuck_Room_October 13, 201799-95Note: Infuse 750ml bottle of Mezcal overnight with the zest of 7 limes of 3 crushed black limes. Black Salt is a black lava Salt from Hawaii – tastes like a beautiful mineral salt.

Ingredients

  • Black Lime infused Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal, Black Salt, Blood Orange Sour
  • 2oz Infused Pelotón de la Muerte Artisan Mezcal
  • 1oz Blood Orange Juice (or 1/2oz Blood Orange Puree)
  • .5oz Lime
  • .5oz Agave

Shake and strain into a Black Salt rimmed ice filled rocks glass.

Creepy Olde Fashioned

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Tuck_Room_October 13, 201799-196Note: Infuse overnight a 750ml bottle Five & 20 NY Rye with 1/2 cup each of Crushed Black Walnuts and Sliced Figs – strain and discard solids.

Ingredients

  • Heizenberg Fig and Black Walnut Rye
  • Maple
  • Hand Stabbed Ice
  • Grasshopper Bitters

Directions

  1. Chill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Discard ice and put as large an ice cube(s) as possible
  3. Add 2oz Infused Rye
  4. Add 2 barspoons (1 tsp) Maple Syrup
  5. Stir a dozen times
  6. Finish with 5 drops Critter Bitters


The cost is $65 per person and includes limited cocktails, beer and wine by Mixologist Adam Seger, passed food and music by DJ Marvelous. You can purchase tix here.

 

 

“Out of this World” Hallowe’en happenings in Derry and Strabane

This year’s Hallowe’en celebrations in Derry and Strabane promise to be “Out of this World” when the City and District throws a party like no other as it celebrates 30 years of being spooktacular.

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Derry / Tourism Ireland

The official “Best Hallowe’en Destination in the world” is gearing itself up for the best celebration yet with a packed programme of events and activities for revellers of all ages to enjoy and participate in.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, speaking at the launch of the City of Bones Hallowe’en programme for Derry~Londonderry and Strabane said this year’s festival programme has lots to offer. She commented: “This year we have a fantastic line up of events and activities for everyone to enjoy. We are expecting an influx of visitors and in particular young families coming to the City and District looking to enjoy our unique Hallowe’en experience and to be part of our world famous Hallowe’en celebrations. A lot of work goes into the festival every year and Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted to have a programme of events that includes street animation, storytelling, tours and trails, street markets and lots of spooktacular happenings, for the entire community to enjoy,” she commented.

Among the key highlights of the festival include a welcome return of the Awakening of the Walls when the ancient City Walls will come to life with music, animation and light, creating a realm of fantasy fire and flame from Friday 28 to Sunday 30th October from 6-8pm each night.

Other highlights include spooky Gothic organ recitals at the Guildhall on the evening of Sunday 30 October, terrifying haunted tours at the Tower Museum, Weird and Wonderful Witches Tales at the Guildhall, a Hallowe’en panto at Strabane’s Alley Theatre, Monstrous Halloween workshops and Stotytelling at Strabane Community Library and family entertainment including mask making workshops and arts and crafts at the Craft Village.
New to this year is a Made in Derry Halloween focused food tour on Saturday 29 October from 12-4pm where you can adorn your favourite Halloween costume and eat and drink your way around the city centre and sample delights from over 30 different food and drink producers and venues.

On Hallowe’en night Monday 31 October, both Derry and Strabane will host an evening of fun and entertainment when the City of Bones Street Carnival Parade will make its way along Derry’s Queen’s Quay from 7pm followed by a fabulous Fireworks Finale at 8pm, while in Strabane, the Upper Main Street car park will be transformed into a family friendly fun area from 7-8.30pm and a fireworks display over the River Mourne at 8pm.
Jacqueline Whoriskey is the Council’s Festival and Events Manager. She says preparations are at an advanced stage for this year’s festival with Council pulling out all the stops to make sure the 30th anniversary of the festival is truly special for the people of Derry~Londonderry and Strabane.

“Preparations are well underway and we are delighted to have up to 600 carnival participants taking part in workshops and rehearsals for the Carnival Parade.  The “Out of this World” theme encourages people to be creative and think outside the box for their costumes and we are really looking forward to seeing some magical creations and designs taking part. We are delighted with the variety of the programme and the fact that cultural venues, shops and theatres in both Derry and Strabane have come up trumps in terms of organising events and activities to complement our festival,” she added.

Other highlights happening in and around the Council area over the Hallowe’en holidays include the Castlederg Apple Fair, Hallowe’en Fun Fair at Ebrington and a horror movie week at the Nerve Centre, as well as treasure hunts and spooky bat and ghost tours at Creggan Country Park while the Riverwatch Aquarium will play host to a series of fantastic ghoulish events including a Shark Night and a Barn Owl Prowl. Gray’s Printing Press in Strabane will host an day of Bewitching Tales while Trick or Treat tours will leave from the Alley Theatre and the Riversdale Leisure Centre will host a Hallowe’en Pool Disco.

To find out more about all the events taking place in the City of Bones in the run up to and during Hallowe’en check out the full programme at follow this link.


Courtesy of Tourism Ireland.

Possible ‘Supernatural’ Events Rattle Nerves at Saint Arnold Brewery

Unexplained sights and sounds at Houston brewery raise questions 

Saint Arnold Brewing

Saint Arnold Brewing

It isn’t unusual for people to describe the Saint Arnold brewery as one of their favorite haunts, but is the Houston brewery haunted? According to local legend, in 1912 the entire neighborhood surrounding the area now occupied by the historic brick building that houses the brewery was burned to the ground in a fire started by vagrants trying to keep warm behind a tavern. Paranormal experts have been investigating whether more than just flavorful beer is lurking inside the oldest craft brewery in Texas.

In 2009, Saint Arnold moved into its current facility – a brick building on the northern edge of downtown Houston built in 1914 that had previously housed the Houston Independent School District’s frozen food operations. Staffers who once worked at the HISD facility reported unexplained and spooky sights and sounds, and Saint Arnold’s brewery staff have reported the same.

“This building was really creepy when we bought it,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner.

One Saint Arnold employee’s young daughter was the first to notice something strange about the facility. On two different occasions, she claimed to see “kids” running around the brewery when there weren’t any others there. As described by Brewer Dennis Rhee to CultureMap Houston in the story, “A Ghost Story Brews at Saint Arnold’s”:

Saint Arnold Brewing

Saint Arnold Brewing

Philip Dagger, our packaging manager, and his 2- or 3-year-old daughter Sydney were in the brewery’s beer hall one night. Dagger was sitting at one of the tables while Sydney was playing near one of the corners of the hall. All of a sudden she points to an area near the windows that separates the beer hall from the brewhouse and shouts, “Hey Daddy! Kids!” Dagger looks over to where she is pointing but sees no one. Still, Sydney is insistent that there are children in that corner and continues to say, “Kids!”

In the CultureMap report, Rhee also recounted another strange experience when he was alone in the brewery one night:

I was cleaning out the lauter tun (one of the brewing vessels) late one night (probably around 2 or 3 a.m.) towards the end of a 12-plus hour shift. While squeegeeing and hosing out the spent grain, I started hearing some noises that sounded a lot like children’s laughter. I paused for a moment, thinking that the noises might have been caused by the echoing of my movement in the lauter tun. The laughter was still there. Since I was the only person in the brewery at the time, I poked my head out of the manway to see who was out there. No one. I was a little spooked, so I quickly finished my tasks, locked up, and got the hell out of the brewery.

There have been other reports of singing and mysterious shadows appearing at night.

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The Modern Witch a Q and A with Eilfie Music

Fairy tales for centuries have portrayed the witch has an ugly hag, the old crone with ragged hair, hideous features and warts on the nose and chin.  A frightening portrayal of a woman with torn, ink black clothing, who lured, cooked and ate the children of the local village if they were unfortunate enough to wander too close to her home.  The quintessential Wicked Witch.

That image though iconic as it may be, is a myth.  Even during the height of burning times, or witch hunts, 15th through the 17th centuries, the figure of the so called “witch” did not fit this description at all.  The accused were neighbors, friends and even family members who looked and dressed like the other persons of the household or village.   They were old and infirm, pretty and young, male and female.  There was really very little distinction between the accused and the accusers.

Mid October bring us in to the long, cold, dark nights and that special moment of thrills and chills, Halloween.  As a child I loved the idea and the look of the Halloween witch.  Tall pointed black hat, long flowing robes, pointed shoes and the black cat sitting on a broomstick flying against the full moon.  I was fascinated with the idea of snapping your fingers, having all you wanted at your command and cutting down your enemy with the point of a crooked finger. Although the iconic look of the wicked witch is rooted firmly in my imagination, movies and television have propelled the witch in to the contemporary world with a very modern look.

When October begins I bring out the werewolf, vampires and ghost dvd’s and spend the evenings shivering in my skin.  I have a few favorite television programs I watch for thrills, chills and scares.  One of the finest paranormal, ghost hunting shows produced, debuted in December of 2007 and although the final episode aired in May of 2011, it remains one of my top choices to catch on Netflix on a regular basis.

Photo Courtesy of Eilfie Music

Paranormal State is “a student led college club that investigated paranormal phenomena at haunted locations”.  One of the group’s paranormal investigators, the ethereal and enchanting Eilfie Music lives the daily life of the modern witch.   Ms. Music was kind enough to participate in a Q & A for this October article series.

KE:   Society today is filled with misconceptions of the witch.  What do you feel is the most common myth of today’s witch?

EM:   I think one of the misconceptions is that all witches are the same in appearance and practice. Not all follow the same creed or ideas. Many do follow a earth base spiritual path, but not all. You could past by some and not even think they are a witch without asking them. Not all are public about their practice for safety or feeling they don’t need to share with the public.  I enjoy the icon of the witch in entertainment with the pointy hat and the green skin cackling and turning people into newts. This is just a cartoon, but does not define all witches.

KE:   What message would you like most to convey to people to try and dispel this way of thinking?

EM:  To some this is a spiritual path, for others it is a magickal practice with the idea that things can be change through will, and others its a mix of both. Just like any community or culture, they don’t fit in a neat little box. People approach this path for different reasons just like any other spiritual or religious practice. Basically, we are not different than any other person that goes to work and pays the bills in day to day life.

KE:   During the holiday season, families practice many customs that are rooted in times before Christianity.  Quite often they are not aware of the customs roots or what the original meaning was.  What do you find to be the strangest custom followed today.

EM:  In the Western world, Halloween is both entertainment with horror, trick or treating, costumes, and parties. It is also called Samhain, a time to giving offerings to the dead and celebrating the last harvest of the year. I celebrate both the Halloween with horror movies and scare houses, but also Samhain with remembering the dead and giving offerings after sunset.

KE:   Halloween is a wonderful “safe-scary” holiday for children to play dress up and emulate their favorite goblin or ghoul.  What was your favorite “monster” or icon of Halloween while you were growing up?

EM:  When I was little, I usually dressed as a black cat or a witch in the pointy hat and stripe stockings. A favorite monster of mine was Bela Lugosi’s Dracula with the opera cape and accent. The classic black and white horror movies were a favorite during this time of year.

KE:  Before investigating or walking into a location known to be haunted or possessed by a supernatural entity, what precautions do you take to protect yourself and possibly those in attendance as well?

Photo Courtesy of Eilfie Music

EM:   I wear some personal symbols all the time for protection during an investigation and a reminder of my personal path. When I go into a location that is possible haunted, I try to be respectful to whatever is at the location as long as it is respectful to me.  I try not to set myself up to expect activity when investigating, though it’s hard not to. After an investigation or even just an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) session it is good to say thank you to the entities and ask them not to follow any of the investigators home.

KE:  Things that go bump in the night ~ Out of all of your investigations what has frightened you the most?

EM:  The times I’m most afraid is in a dark basement or attic during an investigation. These are not always my favorite spots, but they seem to be hot spots in a haunting. This is possibly due to the creep factor and how they are not always inhabited other than for storage. Places we don’t think about in a house.

KE:   Do you feel there should be more of a move to educate society on the witchcraft hysteria of Early Modern Europe to further assist people in understand the dangers of mob mentality and the destructive force of fear and its eventual evolution to hatred and mob violence?

EM:   People fear what they do not understand or it does not fit within their reality. Witchcraft hysteria is not just in history but still happening today. The witchcraft hysteria of Europe was not cut and dry. The people being tried weren’t always actual witches and people trying them were just following the laws of that day under the Church, but that does not make it right.

KE:   Every practitioner has his or her own natural strengths and those they need to work hard to develop.  What are your natural strengths and what area do you feel you have to work extra hard at?

EM:   I guess my strength is my work in sympathetic magick, with creating items like poppets, grisgris bags, and anointed candles. I try to study on many different subjects to be well rounded in my occult practice, but that is always ongoing.

KE:  What frightens you—what is your bugaboo?

EM:  What could be in the dark since I dislike jump scares.

KE:   With Samhain / Halloween approaching, what steps do you take to prepare?

EM:  This year I am trying to do more work on preparing my garden for the winter so I can do more the next spring. I also gather food such as squash, breads, white wine, candles, and sweets to give as an offering to the spirits and Gods for Samhain.

KE:   The method of witchcraft varies from practitioner to practitioner.  Learned lessons are modified over time by each witch as they learn, grow and develop their craft to be unique to themselves.   There are many “Book of Shadows” available on the market today, for research and practicing guidelines.  Have you thought about publishing your own?

EM:   I hope to someday publish a book on various subjects, but I think that might be later down the road. I still have much to learn. I do enjoy teaching workshops such as the Tarot and hopefully much more. I try to stress in my classes that I don’t know everything, but here is what I have learn so far. I enjoy people taking what I taught them and going even further with the information.

I would like to extend a very special thank you to Eilfie Music for so graciously participating in my series.  If you would like to learn more about Eilfie, you can find her on FacebookFan Page,  browse her Etsy Shoppe, “Hecate’s Crossroads” where she sells her art and occult items and follow along on her blog.

Thrills and chills with werewolf classics

October is the month for thrills and chills and with the misty mornings, cooler days and chilly evenings, come the tales of spooks, specters, witches, vampires and werewolves.

As time marched on and literature evolved our outlook on vampires seems to have changed.   In old literature they were thirsty, mysterious, sexual creatures who were older than dirt and had the power to transfix, hypnotize and drain their victims of all their blood.  Today’s vampires are trendy, hot, young, sexy and apparently great in the sack.  The spook factor has altered and all but disappeared.

Thankfully, for a serious scare, we can still count on the hulking, powerful man-wolf creature that exudes a menacing evil and would tear the limbs from your body if they caught your scent.  The werewolf has always been my bugaboo.  They were one thing that scared me even in the daylight and made my skin crawly in the night.  I still have the most monstrously frightening dreams and thought it might be therapeutic to write about them, perhaps in the hope of exorcising this personal demon.  Or at the very least get a wicked thrill out of it.

Werewolves or shape-shifters are mentioned throughout history in nearly every culture.  That being the case, it has been easily assumed throughout time there was basis and fact in these tales.  What historians and science have found, is that the actual base element for these stories is humanity and the evil that lurks inside of our own species.  Today we have psychotherapists and criminal psychologists that explain the behavior of serial killers, however in the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries, the explanation of course could only be demonic and a pact with the devil.  It was unthinkable that a human being could possibly make a conscious and willing decision to stalk, kill, dismember and possibly eat a fellow human.  As it turns out the monsters people barricaded their doors against at night, were not demonic foes at all, but at times, their very own neighbors.

Does that take the thrill out of the scare?  No, and that is the best part about Halloween and this month.  As darkness descends for the cold winter months it is easy to see why ancient cultures held belief in spirits, vampires and werewolves.  Homes dimly lit by hearth fires and the occasional candle, were cold and dark and beasts such as wolves roamed at night killing livestock right outside those drafty walls.  Travelling in the night was dangerous and long stretches of dark road held unseen mysteries that drove the human mind to imagine all sorts of nefarious creatures stalking the darkness to claim their soul.

That being said, my next few days are going to be spent doing something very productive.  I am going to pull out all of my werewolf movies and give them a watch.  Turn off the lights, turn up the volume and make sure I have a blanket large enough to pull all the way up over my head, because it doesn’t matter how many times I have viewed these movies, they still scare the bejeesus out of me.  My top picks for this week are as follows;

  • The entire Underworld series Yes, it is filled with very sexy vampires, but I won’t let that distract me.  I like the werewolves in this series, they are huge, menacing, powerful beasts and have evolved over time so that they are not senseless killing machines, but now killing machines with a plan.
  • Ginger Snaps  I had found this one quite by accident while channel surfing one afternoon and found the winter and the extreme isolation of the fort to be the perfect setting for a movie filled with fear.
  • Silver Bullet  A favorite of mine, one because it is Stephen King and two because it’s Stephen King.
  • An American Werewolf in London  I honestly don’t have an explanation for my love of this one.
  • Wolf  Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer.  Enough said.
  • Wolfman 2010 with Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.  This movie is one of my favorites as it seems to revisit the old Hollywood style monster movie.  It’s gorgeously done and the acting is superb.  However, if you are looking for more of a fright fest and gore in your flicks…this one will not hold your attention.
  • But this one will, The Howling  This is probably one of the first werewolf movies I had seen and it still gives me more of a scare than all the above titles combined.

If you have any to add to my list, please comment below!!

This Weeks Favorites

Watching the new trends for fall and the holidays is inspiring and this years retailers did not disappoint.  I have found so many festive and beautiful items that I may have to give “This Week’s Favorite’s” a new name and publish twice a week.

My first love this week is from Pottery Barn.  Their Fall and holiday line this year is a bit spooky with just a touch of whimsy.  The owl has made it’s way in to quite a bit of decorating this season and I absolutely love this little bit of wisdom as an accent piece.  Owl Tree Punch Bowl Stand with Ladle ~ The stand is made of aluminum with a bronze finish and it holds a stainless steel spoon.   The glass Pumpkin Punch Bowl is sold separately ~ which you can find here.  It is gorgeous!!  For more info click here.

My next pick is full whimsy with a spook level of zero.  I am working on keeping this week’s picks in the “Autumn Zone” and save the Halloween decor for a later post.  This is so difficult for me.  I fell in love with this trio the moment I laid eyes on them.  Again, I am taking you back to Pottery Barn with their too cute to resist Cheese Board & Mouse Knives Set.  The tray is made of mango wood with a rustic stained finish and is 12″ long and 7″ wide.  Mice and utensil handles are cast aluminum with a bronze finish and utensil heads are stainless steel.   For more info  Click here

Of course it wouldn’t be my place without Napa Style.  The Artisan Glass Pumpkins are not only beautiful, but one of a kind.  By mixing red, orange and clear glass during their formation, artisans create incredible depth and colorplay in these festive pumpkins. Their natural shapes, finishes and twisted stems will vary. Approx. 7″ diam., 4½”h. Imported.  For more information please click here.

The quickest way to bring your kitchen in to a new season is to change out the towels, table cloth or place mats and a few accessories.  Williams-Sonoma’s Botanical pumpkin Towels bring the season’s bounty to your fingertips.  They come as a set of two, are durable and gorgeous, featuring an intricate printing process to create the subtly shaded and richly detailed pumpkins and gourds.  For more information, click here.

Every year Grandinroad has a stellar Halloween Haven.  Apologies, I simply had to mention …. The rest of the year isn’t too shabby either.  I love the style of their outdoor decor and furnishings, but fell in love with the Three-piece Traveler Set.  I have always had a weakness for trunks and these beauties have grabbed my attention.  For more information, click here.

  • Covered in linen-blend fabric
  • Finish features stenciled travel markings
  • Black faux leather trim
  • Nailhead trim reinforces edges and corners